www.jesusonthetube.co.uk for the well known image of Jesus sitting on the London tube being ignored
www.antoniarolls.blogspot.com for an account of an Artist and Mother in Bognor Regis
Last year, Nushi came to the London showing of A Graceful Death hosted by Clarissa de Wend Fenton. As ever, she was shining and vital, full of news and work, her girls going to university and everything as busy as it always was. And so, a couple of months ago, I got an email from Nushi telling me that in the time between that exhibition and now, she herself had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had had to undergo two swift and urgent operations. Now, she was mid chemo treatment, was very sick and apart from everything else, had lost all her hair. When I read her email I knew that I wanted to paint her and that the word that covered her, to me, was goddess. I asked her if she would take part in the exhibition as a Survivor, and she said Yes. I asked her if we could film her, and she said Yes. And so we did.
Nushi says she is doing Cancer Chic. I thought that was wonderful, because actually, she is.
News now of the rest of the A Graceful Death project.
It is significant too, that this is non profit making, therefore working on it means that I am not earning. So, with important lessons being learnt as I write, I have been planning, organising, promoting, researching and working at the A Graceful Death exhibition. And have been really touched by the donations that have been coming in. Thank you.
- Eileen Rafferty. www.eileenrafferty.blogspot.com. Eileen not only takes the most extraordinary photos for the AGD exhibitions and for a book she is writing on it, she is studying for a photography degree and holds a senior position in the Civil Service. Eileen helps with planning, applications, ideas and is has been with the exhibition from the very beginning.
- Alan Bedford. Alan is a retired NHS Chief Executive and at present a private consultant in the Health Service. Alan was instrumental in the creation of the Martlets Hospice in Hove, Sussex, and is on the Board of Governors. Alan gives constant support with both financial and business advice, and has constantly advised me on strategies for making the AGD project viable and practical.
- Clarissa de Wend Fenton. Clarissa is a business owner in London who has not only hosted the A Graceful Death exhibition in London herself, but is helping to find future venues for exhibitions. Clarissa has constantly given me business advice and has introduced me to her accountant who is now offering her services to help me to keep the AGD finances up to date.
- Neill Blume. Neill is making the film with me. Neill is a busy film maker, and has understood completely what A Graceful Death is about. Neill has given his time and expertise to creating our film, and has shown huge enthusiasm, insight and commitment.